Strain Review: Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)
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Full Extract Cannabis Oil (also known as Rick Simpson Oil, or “RSO”) is the most potent medicine available to treat a wide ranging and growing list of ailments — particularly cancer, AIDS, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders, depression, fibromyalgia, incontinence, multiple sclerosis and arthritis and inflammation.
Pretty impressive isn’t it? That’s because unlike edibles, smoked cannabis buds, dab materials or any other marijuana extraction available on the market, all the beneficial compounds are extracted and preserved for consumption in the oil. The cannabinoid and terpinoid profiles are concentrated and completely preserved, rather than burned off or processed out.
The key difference between RSO and FECO is that FECO is extracted using food-grade ethyl alcohol while traditional RSO is extracted with Naptha, a combustible petroleum product found in lighters and napalm (a powerful chemical weapon used in warfare).
“Having all of the components of the cannabis plant available creates an entourage effect inside the human body that promotes homeostasis,” says Brandon Krenzler, father of pediatric cancer patient “Brave Mykayla” Comstock. “In my experience, specifically in treating pediatric cannabis patients, cannabis oil is my first recommendation when it comes to achieving remission.”
Human bodies all come equipped with an endocannabinoid system — a network of receptors found throughout the body (brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune cells) that have the explicit purpose of binding with the cannabinoids found in whole-plant cannabis to perform a variety of tasks where they are found.
When patients use medical cannabis, their ultimate goal is “homeostasis” a stable internal environment despite external influences, or in other words, patients are trying to consume as much cannabis as often as they can so they can saturate their endocannabinoid system with all the cannabinoids found in whole-plant cannabis.
FECO oil is the most efficient way to deliver all the healing benefits of all cannabinoids and terpenes to the endocannabinoid system, which is why so many patients have found relief using this oil.
Because FECO is extremely concentrated, it is recommended that a new patient start with a dose of oil about half the size of a grain of rice and wait up to 90 minutes to experience the effects and determine a more proper dosage — this process is called “titrating” and is absolutely essential when using cannabis medicines.
Some legal medical cannabis dispensaries, such as Harborside Health Center in Oakland, Calif., offer high-CBD blends of FECO oil, which is great for patients who find the effects of THC to be uncomfortable.
Using FECO oil will drastically raise the tolerance of cannabis patients over time, allowing them to consume more of it. Because of the increased cannabinoid dosages, many patients are finding not just relief from their symptoms but full remission from cancers, chronic pain and gastrointestinal disorders.
The taste is unpleasant to some (grassy, herb like) so dosage can either be delivered orally or mixed in food to mask the taste. FECO oil is very strong, testing at about 47 percent THC, so it is imperative that patients start slow with this process and work their way up in dosage.
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Originally published in issue 11 of Cannabis Now Magazine.